The Episcopal Church received many accolades over the last couple of years for reputedly being welcoming and non-discriminatory towards LGBT persons. However, this incident outlines what clearly seems to be at best a “difference in interpretation,” and at worst outright religious gender discrimination.
I’ll let the story tell itself, but basically a transgender priest was “severed” (meaning “fired”) from her church for coming out to her congregation as transgender. The bishop, claiming that the acceptance policy of the Episcopal faith somehow didn’t apply in this circumstance, severed the priest from the church, in a letter which misgendered her at the same time.
Transgender Arkansas Episcopal Priest Severed from her Church.